Well, this is a brand new system. Almost everything has changed. From a 32bit architecture I have moved to the 64bit architecture. From an Intel processor, I have moved to an AMD one. From Fedora , I have moved to Ubuntu.
And the move was rocking - in another way - it rocked my boat. I have never had such a difficult time installing Linux ever before. It seemed that I had one of the chips that is not really being used much, and some alien motherboard. All in all , it was not a straight forward installation - but now I feel great having gotten it done !
For those not interested in technical mumbo-jumbo, I will just describe the above screenshot :-D. This pic was taken at Janjira Fort in Maharashtra. On the desktop you see on the left all my windows partitions mounted so I can access the various stuff I keep there. Also you can see the icon for Google Earth - which runs just fabulous under linux. Right side the tranparent thingys are something you will have to wait till vista becomes available if you are not on linux. Here I have running various small 'desklets' with cpu speed, temp etc. Also am playing some songs ( err. TV is not yet working... ).
For the technically inclined and also for my ref in case I have to reinstall, here's what to do to get AMD64 Athlon with Nvidia graphics card working.
- Download the Ubuntu alternative CD.
- Install in text mode from it.
- Reboot into safe recovery mode
- run 'dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg . Select vesa (nv will be selected). Press 'enter' for most screens except where it says something about 'glx' . Disable glx on this screen.
- reboot - viola ! you are in linux
- Download additional software as your need is.
Here endeth the lesson for today.